"Michelle Reed's impressive debut, I Don't Need to Make a Pretty Thing, is at once inquisitive, daring, and vulnerable as spirit clothed in the ordinary light of body, animated by a delight for living, by an abiding artistic honesty, and by the joy/fear in working closer toward what can be known. These poems embody an alert fidelity to form, shaped against a speculative consciousness, awake to music and the pace of revelation, in an unflinching labor to trace and translate a world—to "weigh its shadow / in dried lavender / and steel,"—in learning to live and to love and to bravely claim one's sovereignty against all the voices of the past. I will cherish this illuminated book."
-Chad Sweeney, author of Parable of Hide and Seek
Michelle S. Reed is a Michigan native living and writing in North Carolina. Her first book of poems, I Don't Need to Make a Pretty Thing, was a runner-up for the Hudson Prize and is available from Black Lawrence Press. Her poetry has appeared in Verse Daily, Reservoir, Waxwing, and Salt Hill, among others. Her essays have been featured or are forthcoming at Flyway and The Account. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net, Independent Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. She teaches writing and literature at University of North Carolina Greensboro.